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'''John Smith Hurt''' (possibly March 3, 1892 – November 2, 1966), better known as '''Mississippi John Hurt''', was an American country blues singer and guitarist. Raised in Avalon, Mississippi, Hurt taught himself to play the guitar around the age of nine. He worked as a sharecropper and began playing at dances and parties, singing to a melodious Fingerstyle|fingerpicked accompaniment. His first recordings, made for Okeh Records in 1928, were commercial failures, and he continued to work as a farmer. Tom Hoskins, a blues enthusiast, located Hurt in 1963 and persuaded him to move to Washington, D.C. He was recorded by the Library of Congress in 1964. This helped further the American folk music revival, which led to the rediscovery of many other List of blues musicians|bluesmen of Hurt's era. Hurt performed on the university and coffeehouse concert circuit with other List of Delta blues musicians|Delta blues...
Birth nameJohn Smith Hurt
Alias| birth_date = {{birth date|1892|3|8|mf=y}}
Birth placeTeoc, Mississippi|Teoc, Carroll County, Mississippi, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1966|11|2|1892|3|8}}
Death placeGrenada, Mississippi, US
OriginAvalon, Mississippi
InstrumentGuitar, Singing|vocals
GenrePiedmont blues,
Country blues,
Delta blues,
Folk music|Folk
OccupationSinger-songwriter,
Sharecropper,
Farm hand
Years active1928–1966
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